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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 17, 2002

(Mahwah) – Hobey Ford, winner of puppetry’s highest honor and recipient of three Jim Henson Foundation grants, will present his Golden Rod Puppets in World Tales at Ramapo College of New Jersey Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in the Berrie Center’s Sharp Theater. World Tales is a multicultural production featuring stories and puppetry techniques from around the world. The performance includes four tales: “Little Grandmother Spider Woman,” a Cherokee tale; “A Story . . . A Story,” an African tale; a Chinese dragon story; and a unique retelling of Aesop’s “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”

The stories are presented using a combination of storytelling, music and puppetry. Puppetry styles will include adapted Japanese Bunraku style, shadow puppetry, carved “foamies,” and hand puppetry, all incorporating different forms of rod puppets. Each story will include an element of music relating to the theme or culture of the piece. Some of these musical elements will be performed live through the puppets.

Hobey Ford is a recipient of the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, puppetry’s highest honor. His performances incorporate a variety of puppetry styles including Bunraku, rod, marionettes, “Foamies” (large animal puppets carved from blocks of foam), and shadow puppetry.

World Tales is directed toward elementary school and family audiences and includes audience participation.

Tickets for World Tales are $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, call (201) 684-7844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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